St Edmund's RC Primary School

Queen Street, Little Hulton, Salford M38 0WH

Email:

stedmunds.rcprimaryschool@salford.gov.uk


Tel:

0161 921 1940

British Values

Promoting British Values at St Edmund's RC Primary School. The DfE have recently reinforced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs". The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year (2014). St Edmund's RC Primary School is committed to actively promoting the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Democracy

Democratic processes are embedded in the way we work at St Edmund's. Each class elects a class councillor who represents them on the School Council. Pupils views are sought in many ways such as surveys; interviews; pupil voice; assemblies and also in drawing up their class rules and charters at the beginning of the year as part of their SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning) programme.

Individual Liberty

At St Edmund's our pastoral policies such as the Behaviour Policy, Anti-Bullying Policy and Equality Policy, ensure that all children can learn in a safe environment. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and to know how to keep themselves safe. We work with agencies such as Childline, Greater Manchester Police and Health professionals. We are committed to ensuring that our children know how to keep themselves healthy and fit in order to fully enjoy their lives now and in adulthood.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

We want our children to understand the wider community they live in as well as the global community and how they can contribute to both and make a difference. As a Catholic School our relationship with the Church and the local community is very important.

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws or rules is reinforced in many ways. These include class rules and wider school rules. School rules and values apply to all and are to be clearly understood as a framework for the way we all conduct ourselves. The need for rules is often discussed in assemblies and through our PSHE (personal, social and health education) programme. Mutual Respect

Our school ethos is built around our mission statement. We are a family, where God is at the heart of everything we do; where everyone is welcomed; where everyone is loved respected and cared for and where everyone is helped to achieve their very best.  This is covered further in our weekly 'Statement to Live By'. The 'Statement to Live By'  is often at the heart of discussions in Circle Time, Assemblies, Collective Worship, School Council meetings and in staff meetings. We regularly ask parents and carers for their views on our school (Parent/Carer Voice) and how it meets the needs of their child in terms of their happiness and wellbeing. We hope that by living in an environment where mutual respect is demonstrated daily they will enter the wider world understanding its importance.

Democracy

On the 15th October, all children in school took part in a British Values focus week. During this week pupils explored the what democracy means and how democratic processes affect our everyday lives. Key vocabulary explored during this week included: democracy, vote, ballot, government, parliament, council, representative, campaign and society. 

Children in Key Stage 2 used extracts from 'Discover the UK parliament' in guided reading which is available below. In Key Stage 1, pupils used the text 'The day the crayons quit' by Oliver Jeffers to support their understanding of democracy.

Key Stage 1

 

The children discussed making sure everything is fair and that everybody has a voice. They created some rules for our own classrooms. Then they had a vote at the end of the day to decide which story we could read as a class.

The children read the story Farmer Duck and discussed how the farmer was treating the duck unfairly. They did a walking debate to explore things being fair and unfair.

Lower Key Stage 2

The children in Lower Key Stage 2 have been learning about democratic processes in their guided reading sessions. They have been reviewing related vocabulary and checking their understanding of each word. 

Children in Lower Key Stage 2 also looked at role models within the classroom. They created a campaign and each had a vote on who the class role model will be for this half term. They had the opportunity to vote for which story they would like to hear and to create a timeline about British Parliament. 

 

Upper Key Stage 2

To explore the concept of democracy, children in Y6 formed political parties who were responsible for debating ways in which they can improve our school.

They developed their ideas into pledges which they presented to their classes. After that, the children voted for the pledges they preferred.

Lots of their ideas were about having more choice and responsibility. Y6's next job is to speak to their elected school councillors to get their voices heard.